For more than a decade, health professionals have strived to build safer, more efficient, and less costly systems of care, with the goals of reducing medical error, improving health outcomes, providing more preventive care, and increasing patient engagement in care decisions. In the process, a consensus has emerged among those in the vanguard that these safety and quality goals can best be met by replacing conventional siloed care delivery with a collaborative, coordinated approach that capitalizes on the unique expertise of each profession.
Although the system as a whole struggles to implement this vision, significant strides have been made in every health care arena. This brief showcases interprofessional practice, discusses the educational transformation needed to prepare health professionals to provide collaborative care, and looks at policies that support its delivery.
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